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Puppies Reenact The SCOTUS Oral Argument In The Hobby Lobby Case

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Last week I wrote about an amusing skit on John Oliver’s HBO show Last Week Tonight in which he used puppies to renact portions of a Supreme Court oral argument and then made raw footage available to allow viewers to do it themselves. Well, someone took the entire recording of the oral argument in the Hobby […]

Houston Agrees To Withdraw Subpoenas Directed At Pastors

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Earlier this month, the City of Houston found itself in hot water and under criticism from a wide range of legal scholars over subpoenas that had been issued by its attorneys in a lawsuit concerning a signature drive for a referendum to overturn a law banning discrimination against gays, lesbians, and transgender people that was […]

3rd Grader Barred From School for Three Weeks after Visiting Country that Doesn’t Have Ebola

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A Connecticut school has barred a healthy little girl from classes after a visit to Ebola-free Nigeria. NYT (“After a Family Trip to Africa, a Connecticut Girl, 7, Is Unwelcome at School“): The third-grader was not feeling sick. She did not have a fever or any other symptoms of Ebola. Having just completed a 10-day […]

Violent Protests in Burkina Faso

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Via the BBC:  Burkina Faso parliament set ablaze. The conflict is over an attempt to amend the constitution to allow the long-standing president to run for re-election: Protesters angry at plans to allow Burkina Faso’s President Blaise Compaore to extend his 27-year-rule have set fire to parliament. [...] Mr Compaore first took power in a […]

Q3 GDP Growth

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Via the BBC:  US grows at annual rate of 3.5% in third quarter The US economy grew at an annual rate of 3.5% in the July-September quarter, the Commerce Department has said. That is a slowdown from the 4.6% growth rate of the April-June quarter, but economists say that was a rebound from the first […]

Would You Fly On This Airplane?

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If a British aerospace company gets its way, you could one day have a chance to fly in a passenger plane where the windows are replaced by wraparound view screens that show you what’s outside the plane all around you: A British aerospace company released pictures Sunday of its “windowless” plane concept that would make even the […]

The Difference Between The American And British Reactions To Ebola

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A Twitter friend from across the pond passes this on example of how the Brits are basically reacting to American panic over Ebola by laughing at us: As I said in response, this is simultaneously hilarious and depressing

Chart Of The Day: Ebola In West Africa Edition

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While politicians in the United States worry about a grand total of one active Ebola cases in the United States, this chart from German Lopez at Vox shows that the disease continues on the march in western Africa: There are some indications that, at the very least, the worst case scenarios that W.H.O. and other […]

Jon Stewart On Ebola Paranoia And Quarantine Madness

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Jon Stewart laid in last night on the political panic over Ebola and the quarantine imposed by New York and New Jersey, and it was about as good as you’d expect. Here’s Part One: The Daily ShowGet More: Daily Show Full Episodes,The Daily Show on Facebook,Daily Show Video Archive And here’s Part Two: The Daily […]

Kim Jong Un’s Absence Due To Foot Surgery, Report Claims

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Reports out of South Korea are claiming that Kim Jong Un’s month and a half long absence was due to foot surgery: SEOUL, South Korea — The North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, whose prolonged absence from public view aroused rumors that he was ill or deposed, or both, was recovering from surgery on his left […]

Do I Need An ID To Vote? It Depends What State You Live In

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The Washington Post has this handy chart to tell you if you need identification to vote, and what kind you might need: (click to enlarge)   Given all the press coverage the issue has received, I was somewhat surprised to see that the number of states where identification is a voting requirement is relatively small, […]

Washington State Voters Set To Approve Universal Background Checks For Gun Purchases

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Two gun control initiatives will be on the ballot for voters in Washington State, but its the one that would expand background checks that looks likely to win: Do you want expanded background checks for gun purchases? Do you not want expanded background checks for gun purchases? Those two competing questions will be on the ballot […]

New England Journal Of Medicine On Ebola Quarantines

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The New England Journal of Medicine is out with an editorial on the Ebola quarantines that’s worth a read, here’s the money quote: In the end, the calculus is simple, and we think the governors have it wrong. The health care workers returning from West Africa have been helping others and helping to end the […]

Amber Ray Vinson, Nurse Stricken With Ebola, To Be Released From Hospital

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Amber Ray Vinson, the second nurse to have been infected while treating Thomas Eric Duncan in a Dallas hospital, will be released from the hospital today: DALLAS – Amber Vinson, one of two Texas nurses to contract Ebola while treating Thomas Eric Duncan, will be released Tuesday from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, officials said. […]

Jimmy Carter To The Right Of Dick Cheney On Same-Sex Marriage?

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Former President Jimmy Carter sounds more like a Republican than a Democrat on same-sex marriage these days: Former President Jimmy Carter said in an interview published Sunday that decisions on same-sex marriage should be left up to the states. “I don’t think that the government ought to ever tell the church to marry people, if […]

Senator Jeff Merkley Becomes First Senator To Endorse Pot Legalization

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Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley has ventured into an issue that, so far, none of his fellow Senators have felt comfortable following: Sen. Jeff Merkley says he plans to vote for a ballot measure on Election Day to legalize marijuana in Oregon. “I lean in support of it,” the Democratic senator told TPM in an interview […]

U.S. Troops Returning From Liberia To Be Quarantined At U.S. Base In Italy

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The Pentagon has announced that U.S. troops returning from west Africa will be isolated for twenty-one days to monitor them for signs of Ebola: U.S. soldiers returning from Liberia are being placed in isolation in Vicenza, Italy out of concern for the Ebola virus, CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports. The soldiers being […]

Nurse Held In Ebola Quarantine In New Jersey Being Permitted To Go Home

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Kaci Hickcox, who has been held in isolation since arriving at Newark Liberty Airport Friday afternoon, is being released and will be allowed to continue her quarantine at home in Maine: A nurse who recently returned from West Africa and was quarantined for the past three days in a tent behind a New Jersey hospital […]

US, UK Declare Victory in Helmand and Go Home

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We’ve handed off operations in Helmand Province to the Afghanistan army.

Reince Priebus And Debbie Wasserman Schultz Prove Why You Should Never Watch Sunday Morning “News” Shows

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The two major party chairpersons appeared on CNN’s State of the Union and proceeded to act like a bunch of three year old kids fighting on the playground: A CNN “State Of The Union” debate on the midterm elections between Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus and Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL) quickly devolved […]

World Health Organization: Ebola Cases In Africa Top 10,000

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The World Health Organization has upped the number of people known to be infected with Ebola in Africa to over 10,000: GENEVA — The number of people infected with Ebola in three West African countries has exceeded 10,000, the World Health Organization reported Saturday. A total of 10,141 people had contracted the disease worldwide, the […]

Darth Vader Running For Parliament In Ukraine

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Among the candidates in today’s parliamentary elections in Ukraine is a Dark Lord of the Sith: One candidate in Ukraine’s parliamentary elections hopes to bring voters to the dark side: Darth Alekseyevich Vader. Dressed in full Star Wars regalia, Vader prowls the streets of Kiev atop his black campaign van wooing voters with promises to […]

No Quarantine In D.C. Area For Arrivals From Ebola Stricken Nations

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Unlike New York and New Jersey, there will be no Ebola quarantine in the Washington, D.C. area for people arriving from the west African nations where it has become a crisis: One day after governors in New York, New Jersey and Illinois imposed a mandatory 21-day quarantine on medical workers returning from Ebola-stricken countries in […]

Kevin Drum Has Cancer

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Kevin Drum reports that he has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer of blood plasma cells, for which he has already started treatment. The news isn’t all bad: I’m young, I’m not displaying either anemia or kidney problems, and treatments have improved a lot over the past decade. So my short-term prognosis is pretty positive. […]

Dallas Nurse Nina Pham Is Ebola Free

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Nina Pham, the first of two nurses who treated Thomas Eric Duncan to be diagnosed with Ebola has been declared virus free: Nina Pham, the first nurse diagnosed with Ebola in the United States after caring for an infected patient in Dallas, has been declared “virus free,” officials at the National Institutes of Health in […]

Martha Coakley Seems To Be Blowing Another Big Election In Massachusetts

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Back in 2010, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley was seen as the almost inevitable next Senator from Massachusetts. She was, of course, running to replace the late Senator Ted Kennedy, who had died in the summer of 2009, and she had the support of key members of the Kennedy family and, of course, the top […]

Mali Becomes Sixth African Nation To Report An Ebola Case

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The Ebola outbreak in Africa has reached another nation: Mali became the sixth West African country to report a case of Ebola, opening a new front in the international effort to prevent the outbreak of the deadly viral infection from spreading further. A 2-year-old girl who traveled from Kissidougou, Guinea, with her family to Mali […]

Jeanne Shaheen: No Need To Come Campaign For Me, Mr. President

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Jeanne Shaheen isn’t exactly eager for President Obama to come campaign for her: Pushed Thursday night on whether she would want President Barack Obama to campaign with her as she seeks a second term, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) said it doesn’t make sense and Obama is “exactly where he needs to be” — in Washington. […]

Another White House Fence Jumper

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Mere hours after a gunman fired shots outside and inside Canada’s Parliament, another man jumped the fence at the White House, although this time the Secret Service didn’t hesitate to apprehend him: A man jumped the White House fence Wednesday night and was taken into custody after being bitten by a guard dog, officials said, […]

Dallas Nurse Amber Ray Vinson Reportedly Free Of Ebola

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Amber Ray Vinson, the second nurse who treated Timothy Eric Duncan to become infected with the Ebola virus is reportedly already free of the virus: Dallas nurse Amber Vinson no longer has signs of Ebola in her blood, her family said Wednesday, one week after she was hospitalized at an Atlanta hospital with the potentially […]

Do The Atlanta Falcons Know Where London Is?

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The Atlanta Falcons will be playing the Detroit Lions at Wembley Stadium in London on Sunday in a game that will air quite early in the United States, with a 9:30am Eastern start time on the East Coast, though. Earlier this week, though, the Falcons tried to inform their fans of what it takes to […]

Shooting at the Canadian Parliament

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Via the BBC:  Shots fired inside Canada parliament “Shots fired at War Memorial at 9:52am today; one person injured,” Ottawa Police tweeted on Wednesday as a witness reported seeing authorities search from room to room for the suspect. The gunman fired on soldiers guarding Canada’s main war memorial and then ran into the parliament. The […]

Trials Of Ebola Vaccine Being Accelerated

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The World Health Organization has announced that testing is set to begin soon on what could end up being a vaccine against the Ebola virus: Health authorities and pharmaceutical companies are planning to test several new vaccines to prevent Ebola infection over the next few months, including one that is taken as a tablet, making […]

NBC Cameraman To Be Released After Being Cured Of Ebola

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The NBC freelance cameraman who contracted Ebola while on assignment in Liberia has been released from a hospital in Nebraska: Ashoka Mukpo, the cameraman diagnosed with Ebola while working in Liberia as a freelancer for NBC News, has been declared free of the virus and will be allowed to leave a biocontainment unit at the […]

Obama the Republican

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Bruce Bartlett has a column at the American Conservative (Obama Is a Republican) which is getting a lot of attention today (and rightfully so, in fact).  His points about the deficit, in particular, ought to be paid attention to. I will say, however, that I find all the attention to his thesis a bit amusing, […]

U.S. To Route All Travelers From Ebola Stricken Nations To Specific Airports

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A new regulation will require all persons arriving in the U.S. from the nations western Africa dealing with the Ebola crisis, either directly or indirectly, to come through one of five airports: WASHINGTON — Anyone flying to the United States from Ebola-affected countries in West Africa must enter the country through one of five airports […]

Crowd-Sourcing Education on Ebola

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The YouTube video above is a lecture by Michael Osterholm, Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, that I found excellent. This is a great example of crowd-sourcing. I got the link from another blog who got it from an anonymous commenter and I’m passing it along here and in this post […]

People Walking Out on Obama Campaign Speeches?

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Yahoo has given a click-bait headline to a Reuters report, “Obama makes rare campaign trail appearance, people leave early.”

Nearly $100 Million Spent On North Carolina Senate Race, And It’s Not Over Yet

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The North Carolina Senate race between Senator Kay Hagan and Republican Thom Tillis is expected to break records for the amount of money spent on a single Senate race: From the Koch brothers and Art Pope to George Soros and Michael Bloomberg, wealthy donors are making North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race one of America’s first […]

Puppies Reenact Supreme Court Oral Arguments

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Since the Supreme Court won’t allow cameras in the courtroom for oral argument, or indeed anything, John Oliver has come up with an alternative (one mildly NSFW word in the video): Here’s a link to the raw footage that John Oliver referenced in the video. There’s no sound to it since its meant for people […]

More Good Ebola News

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Via the BBC we find that : 1)  Nigeria has been declared Ebola free Nigeria has been declared officially free of Ebola after six weeks with no new cases, the World Health Organization (WHO) says. WHO representative Rui Gama Vaz, speaking in the capital Abuja, said it was a "spectacular success story". Nigeria won praise […]

Ray Rice Could Be Back In The N.F.L. Before The Season Is Over

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CBS Sports reports that it is possible that Ray Rice, the former Baltimore Ravens Running Back who was released by the team and indefinitely suspended by the N.F.L. after additional details of the February incident where he severely beat his now wife in an elevator, could be back in uniform before the end of the […]

4 of AP Top 5 From SEC West

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Four teams from the SEC West—two each from Mississippi and Alabama—are in the top 5 of the AP poll. AP (“SEC is 1st conference to put 4 in top 5 of AP poll“): The Southeastern Conference has reached a new milestone in The Associated Press college football poll, becoming the first league to place four […]

Nigerian Government Hopeful That Kidnapped Schoolgirls Will Be Freed Next Week

Boko Haram Nigerian Schoolgirls

The Nigerian Government says it is hopeful that the schoolgirls who were kidnapped earlier this year by Boko Haram will be free early next week: Campaigners calling for the release of over 200 Nigerian schoolgirls have said they are “cautiously optimistic” about a reported ceasefire between the government and al-Qaeda-linked militants that would include the […]

Midterm Polling Challenges

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Sam Wang:  Midterm National Senate Polling Error Is Five Times Larger Than In Presidential Years. Fundamentally, it is about the facts that a) turnout is harder to predict in midterms (and hence polling for likely voters is harder), and b) the general level of interest in midterms is simply lower (often radically lower) than in […]

Senegal Declared Free Of Ebola

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Following in the footsteps of Nigeria, Senegal is the latest nation in Africa to beat back the spread of Ebola from the “hot zone” countries in the western part of the continent: GENEVA — The World Health Organization declared the West African nation of Senegal to be free of Ebola on Friday, a rare success […]

Same-Sex Marriage Advances In Arizona, Will Come To Wyoming By Monday UPDATE: Make That Wyoming By Today

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This morning, a Federal District Court Judge in Arizona struck down that state’s ban on same-sex marriage, and the nation gained its 31st state where same-sex marriage is recognized: PHOENIX — A federal judge has cleared the way for legally recognized gay marriages in Arizona by ruling that the state’s ban on same-sex unions is […]

Obama’s Credit Card Rejected

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President Obama had a bit of trouble paying for dinner during a recent visit to New York City: Turns out, even the president of the United States has had a credit card declined. “I should mention, by the way, that I went to a restaurant up in New York when I was there during the […]

Joe Biden’s Son Kicked Out of Navy Reserve For Cocaine Use

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Poor Joe Biden can’t stay out of the news. This time, it’s not one of his gaffes but one by his youngest son.

Report: Islamic State Training Pilots On Captured Syrian Jets

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Reuters is reporting that groups monitoring the war in Syria are saying that former members of the Iraqi military who have defected to the Islamic State are training pilots using jets captured from the Syrian military: (Reuters) – Iraqi pilots who have joined Islamic State in Syria are training members of the group to fly […]

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